Rottingdean Whiteway Centre

Special Event


Day Saturday
Date18th June 2022
Time 10:00 - 16:00
Presenter Jane Russell
Cost £30.00
Room Youth Hall
Availability 13/16 Places
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Event Description

This day school is suitable for beginners, and those who wish to refresh their drawing skills.
The day will begin with a power-point introduction on how to draw ceramics using modern drawing conventions, demonstrating good and bad illustration practices.  
Students will then draw various pieces of pottery throughout the day, including whole pots and sherds, ancient and modern ceramics, decorated and plain pottery, whilst the tutor circulates advising them on their drawing techniques. As pottery is often the most common artefact generally found on sites, the need to draw it well is very important!  
The course will mainly cover pencil drawings of pottery.  Today most publication illustration is completed by using various computer drawing programmes, which are not available at this course.  The students, if they wish and have the right pens, can attempt to ink up their pencil drawings if there is time.

Whatever methods of producing illustrations for publication are used, the drawing conventions are the same, and will be taught to the standard of any archaeological drawing office.    

Drawing equipment needed for the course.
Many of the items will be provided by the tutor, such as drawing boards with metric graph paper, but if you have one please do bring it along.
Pencil – 2H
Ruler, rubber
Any fine-line drawing pens in size 1, 3 and 5 
Rotring pens – do not buy these pens especially for the course, as they are very expensive and what were used in the past (before computer drawings) but again bring them along if you already own a set.
Set squares and any other drawing aids you think might be useful.
Paper – can be cheap printing paper.
Tracing paper 
Masking tape to hold paper down on the boards

Having been interested, and active, in local archaeology for many years, Jane was employed by the University College London Field Archaeology Unit for 13 years as Senior Illustrator and Planner.  This position required the drawing of artefacts and site plans for various types of regional and national publications. During this period, and into retirement, Jane taught Archaeological Illustration to undergraduates at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, adults studying with CCE at Sussex University, along with many local archaeological societies in South-East England.  Jane’s illustration work was assessed by the then Association of Archaeological Illustrators and Surveyors (now part of the CIFA), and for some years she acted as their Assessment Officer.